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Carol Aichele, PA Sec of Comm, Visits our Voter Registration Table

by: DocJess

Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 07:14:36 AM EDT

Carol Aichele is the Secretary of the Commonwealth (akin to Secretary of State in other states) in Pennsylvania. You may remember that when she testified at the Voter ID trial, she attested under oath that she'd never even read the law. And yes, she's the person in charge of overseeing its implementation.

Carol works in Harrisburg, but lives in our area. She stopped by our booth last Sunday. As Voter Registration Zone Leader, and political activist Andrea Lynch relates: 

Noel Boothe and I had just finished speaking with a woman who was concerned about her 88 year old mother. She no longer has a drivers license but wants to vote. The woman asked questions like: What did her mom need for an absentee ballot? Or did she need to go to the DMV to get an ID? The mom really wants to vote.

We could see Carol storming across the parking lot, we could tell that she was coming towards us. She rifled through everything on the table to make sure that we were non-partisan. Of course, we're completely clean. It's nice to know we passed muster.

I said to her that it was too bad she hadn't been 5 minutes earlier, or she would have heard from a woman whose mother was having trouble with being able to vote. I explained the situation, and Carol said "Well if going to the Driver's License Center is so difficult for her than maybe she isn't well enough to be voting."

That was it. Immediately I asked her where in the Constitution was there a health clause related to voting. She didn't take well to that. 

The conversation went on with Andrea explaining all sorts of truths to Carol. 

There is a lot of discussion about whether IDs can be "substantially similar" and thus there are a lot of people, even in OFA and among Democratic leaders who believe that if a drivers license has a middle name but a voter registration has a middle initial, it will be okay to vote. I don't buy it, and I don't believe Carol Aichele's organization does, either. They are actively working to disenfranchise anyone who might conceivably vote for Obama. It takes 3 minutes to fill out a new registration form. Three minutes now, for a bunch of safety on November 6th.

Thanks so much to Andrea, Noel, and all the other great people who stand voter registration.
Update: Since this conversation occurred,  the PA Supreme Court heard arguments which could lead to the delay of implementation of the Voter ID law. In addition, here in Chester County, the Board of Elections met, and after all was said and done, left most decisions to the Judge of Elections for each precinct. Meanwhile, thousands of people across Pennsylvania are doing their best to make sure everyone can comply with the law even if it is overturned. 
Please share with everyone you know that the Secretary of the Commonwealth doesn't seem to care if the elderly, the sick or the disabled want to vote. 
DocJess :: Carol Aichele, PA Sec of Comm, Visits our Voter Registration Table

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That's a sad truth (0.00 / 0)
Thanks for sharing the incident. These people are amazing. From the little I saw on TV the other day, from the questions the Judges were asking, it looks like they will probably vote to delay the implementation of the PA law to elections after this years one.

I say if States change the voting law like they are trying, it should always be for subsequent ones, never the current one. And in the ID cases, they should have to have the ability to make IDs at the polling places this cycle. So if you go, and your ID is not a valid one for the future voting cycles, they can issue you a proper one so you are good to go.

On another voter sepression effort that I haven't seen on DCW. Kansas is trying to keep the President's name off the ballot. These idiots are amazing. Even Arizona gave up on that fight.

Unbelievable (0.00 / 0)
I would pay money (and I bet news orgs would too) for video of this encounter...

Do you have cameras rolling at the booth for those occasions when things get really interesting? I suspect there will be more of them as the election draws near

No video (0.00 / 0)
The closest thing we have to video is a still shot of my dog...we have been doing registration in about the same place (Trader Joe's expanded and we moved about 10 feet over) in even numbered years since 1992, and no one "famous" ever stopped by before.

This year, though - it's a very different thing -- people instinctively know that although all voter registration booths MUST be non-partisan, it's never Republicans outside in the heat registering voters. We get scowls this year from the Republicans....it's NOTHING like it's ever been before.  

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You must have been shocked (0.00 / 0)
I just can't imagine that the person responsible for ensuring that elections in the state are fair and accurate would actually have "the brass" (to quote Bill) to state that someone might not be healthy enough to vote.  They're not even trying to pretend to be un-biased or non-partisan anymore, just blatantly attempting to game the system. It's an outrage. Perhaps someone should have asked the judge if it was better to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands to prevent a handful of potential voter fraud incidents (which ID laws inherently don't prevent anyways).  I know I'm biased, but I'm so thankful that we have one of the best Sec of State in the country in Debra Bowen, who decertified Diebold machines the moment she took office and hasn't stopped working to make our elections fair and reliable.  

No, not shocked... (0.00 / 0)
...because I KNOW Carol. She was a local elected official before she was appointed statewide (after losing a state senate race.) The race she lost put a Democrat from our district into the state senate for the first time in the history of PA, and he's still there. Her husband is a long-term crony of Tom Corbett, which is how she got the appointment.

And you are, of course, right about Debra Bowen!

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